Artist wants Zuma painting on display

2012-08-28 22:42

Cape Town - Artist Ayanda Mabulu said if media publications don’t show his entire painting of President Jacob Zuma, he will put pictures of it all over Cape Town.

The painting, Umshini Wam [Weapon of Mass Destruction], is part of an exhibition titled Our Fathers at the AVA Gallery.

It shows Zuma in traditional Zulu attire with his genitals exposed.

Mabulu said if publications did what was done to Brett Murray’s The Spear painting to his Umshini Wam painting, and blurred the genitals, they would be “hiding the beast”.

Standing in front of the painting at the gallery, the artist explained his disappointment with the current crop of leaders and how the painting came to represent that.

“I don’t want to see these black skin colonialists wearing tuxedos and tight pants... eating sushi every day whereas our people dressed in rags... A family of 15 living in a one-roomed house, sharing a toilet with a kitchen.”

In a media statement for the exhibition, Mabulu said: “I respect the ANC liberation elders, like Oliver Tambo and John Langalibalele Dube. They worked for the interests of the people. This ANC is filled with greed and the lust of capitalism. It drives a colonial dialogue. The ANC that you represent is the master manipulator, the weapon of destruction.”

The painting has received widespread media coverage, particularly in light of The Spear but the exhibition’s Chantelle Louw and Kirsty Cockerill pointed out that there were far more controversial pieces on display.

There were six other paintings that included depictions of penises.

“Many of the works [in the exhibition] are way more controversial than [Mabulu’s Umshini Wam],” Cockerill said.

One of those pieces is another painting by Mabulu called Black Venus that depicts a breast becoming a penis.

Listen to Mabulu speak to journalists at the AVA gallery in Cape Town:

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  • irene.buthelezi.1 - 2012-08-28 22:47

    Sorry Ayanda, but Brett stole your thunder. It's just so obvious that you're now looking for some attention but you won't get it from cANCer I don't think - you're the wrong colour.

      thulani.zakes.7 - 2012-08-29 10:00

      Jason - you are making this a race issue, you don't know what you are talking about and only see things through your own eyes

      chantelle.horisberger - 2012-08-29 10:11

      Agreed that he is rather riding the bandwagon with this painting. On the other hand, he has had some response from the ANC- they obviously don't like it. But the fact that the race card can't be pulled in this case could really be a great thing- he is addressing real issues in his interviews- looking at the facts, rather than excuses, and it does put the ANC into a corner: they can't use the 'race card' as an excuse- now what?

      Jason - 2012-08-29 10:13

      @Thulani, the artist made it a race issue when he said the painting was directed at the Father of his culture. and he was asking his father, in his language why his people still suffer. Dont hate the Player!!!!! This time its a black guy having a go at Zuma, so all the black commentators cant say the white man is being racist. Wonder what they will say this time. Im sick and tired of the race card. just get off your asses and work and behave, then this country will prosper. Its OK to scream race when it suits you though right?

      thulani.zakes.7 - 2012-08-29 10:28

      Jason once again you missing the point, you don't get called racist when you talking about your own race. I responded to you as Jason not a "White Person" and twice in the forum you respond to people as blacks but not to me directly. i also don't like Zuma as a leader and think that all the attention he gets he has brought that on himself. so stop being an idiot and write some sense

      thulani.zakes.7 - 2012-08-29 10:40

      @Irene - not so much of an attention seeker but entrepreneurial, he saw the window of opportunity, he wanted to be heard and we have to admit 'he makes some good points' and what better way to voice them directly at our President, Jacob Gedleyihlekisa Zuma, i mean the guy has lost all credibility - as a person and as a leader

  • @Thabo.Shaku - 2012-08-28 22:54

    Why is this sudden obesession with presidential genitalia!

      SharonE - 2012-08-29 00:17

      It is not the first such painting Ayanda Mabulu has done. He did one once before in 2010, and there was not nearly so much reaction about that one as there was when Brett Murray's painting made headlines!

      Vince.York - 2012-08-29 05:46

      R1million a DAY genitalia brings many hags scuttling to be a next chattel!

      Steven Trollip - 2012-08-29 05:46

      cze it almost look like a penis just smaller

      kala.bafazi - 2012-08-29 09:30

      Any picture of the president should be controversial. The man is a d!ck.

  • steer.abraham - 2012-08-28 23:31

    attention sicker

      robi.thenga - 2012-08-28 23:54

      didn't u mean "genital sticker"???

  • boltonbarry - 2012-08-28 23:35

    I wonder how long the cANCer will take to blame it on racism

      kim.buren - 2012-08-28 23:48

      It is always us whites that get the blame. Wait for the wohaa, it is coming. Zuma and his family dislike his anatomy displayed. You think they hiding something?

  • juicecard.tshaka - 2012-08-28 23:59

    I saw the painting, the artist was generous with the endowment.

  • Mike Jones Klaas - 2012-08-29 02:02

    i just think we should just move to wards a party that wants to improve the countries state, one that wont promise people free a job will come knocking??

  • devon.riley.52 - 2012-08-29 02:12

    Yip zoomer just cannot stem the tide of ridicule against him. Time for the penny to drop showerman and just step down, you have zero credibility left.

  • rumbidzai.motsi.3 - 2012-08-29 04:22

    Where in the world should any citizen draw their leader in such a disrespectful way. This is againist Africa belief.

      anthonycharles.williams - 2012-08-29 04:34

      time to wake up

      Steven Trollip - 2012-08-29 05:44

      What els do you beleive in mm?

      lorain.maseko - 2012-08-29 07:38

      He seeks attention, it bothers him tha the brett idiot got so much of it

      thulani.zakes.7 - 2012-08-29 10:03

      what is "Africa belief" Rumbidzai?

  • Vince.York - 2012-08-29 05:41

    Worn out zuma! in more ways than one.......

  • raymond.kok3 - 2012-08-29 05:49

    well now what to do what to do,this is a problem for the ruling elite how do you try to sell something to the public that has reach its sell by date.the people has grown tired of this galivanting president the rot has started tik tok tik tok bastille day is upon us

  • Tiaan Liebenberg - 2012-08-29 06:33

    Ja nee. Everyone knows what JZ is doing to the country (»±¥”ing) - more ways than one. The zipper just can't stay shut

  • Sipho Radebe - 2012-08-29 06:45

    this mabalulu guy is hungry for attention, tell him to grow up.

  • wacky.anderson - 2012-08-29 06:52

    A National Catastrophe

  • peter.fraser.92754 - 2012-08-29 07:06

    Why does artists now suddenly have to pick prickly subjects to paint ? Penis envy ?

  • Goboza Mashaba - 2012-08-29 07:14

    This gay attention seeker is trying his luck..this time there wont be any buyer for this rubbish. Get a life dude and try something else.

  • Gcodi Mahomed - 2012-08-29 07:14

    this artist should paint a portrait of his father with his genitals hanging out also

      thulani.zakes.7 - 2012-08-29 10:31

      and what statement will he be making?

  • tw2066 - 2012-08-29 07:18

    While I totally see the point of your art, and very symbolic too, albeit a reflection of Bret Murrays fine work, I dont understand your respect for the past generation ANC? These "liberation elders" as you call them are the ones who brought up todays ANC thugs, and that aside, many of them including Nelson Mandela -are deafening silent while Zuma r.pes our future for his own gain......

  • wayne.faulds - 2012-08-29 07:22

    Haha, i wonder what the ANC, ANCYL and Zuma Inc will have to say about this one. Cant hide behind the race card on this one boys.

  • Eterni80 - 2012-08-29 07:24

    another attention seeking moron

  • brendon.nel.7 - 2012-08-29 07:25

    Zuma\s new song should be \my ding aling, my ding along. Please stop painting my ding aling.\

  • wayne.faulds - 2012-08-29 07:26

    ........just hope that the artist gave him a small weenie.

  • ndyeboreginaldmazawule - 2012-08-29 07:36

    Ayanda u are a piece of filthy thrash.

  • bradley.seopa - 2012-08-29 07:46

    another attention seeker

  • thulane.leshaba - 2012-08-29 07:52

    shame on you ayanda,you were supposed to use your own genitals,and sell them to the public for profit.Is it not better that way ayi ayi?Its not gonna costs you even a single cent just to open your own pants and start the paintings of your own genitals.Hands off our president ayanda please!

  • Vlooie1 - 2012-08-29 07:58

    Now its ok for him 2 paint zumas genitals because of high words like manhood

  • koos.vandermerwe.75 - 2012-08-29 07:59

    Sorry Ayanda but you are not white... or white enough. You poor soul, haven't you figured out how the new South Africa works yet?

  • Petronella Swanepoel - 2012-08-29 08:00

    when did art become dipictions of genitalia?? we have truely turned into a sick sick country that exposed penises and other genitalia has become considered as art! i am repulsed at every last piece of this!

      tooka.loosh.5 - 2012-08-29 14:08

      Art is, whatever the artist says it is - you inbred tw@t!

  • buwaz - 2012-08-29 08:06

    Things r getting out of hand in our country,yes our leaders r enriching themselves bt to the artist please Mr zuma is a human being wit family, think of his children,their feeling n mockery they wil receive at school n wherever they are,we can't go on like this pliz let's show respect is not only Mr zuma eating our monies in the parliament if is a drawing just draw entire cabinet,mayors,counselors n ministers. Let's respect each order bakithi cry my beloved country

      tooka.loosh.5 - 2012-08-29 14:09

      He's the douchbag in charge buwaz, the buck stops with him.

  • STEPHANIE.TEALE - 2012-08-29 08:08

    Show us the damned painting!!!!!

  • MsShaw - 2012-08-29 08:14

    As usual the racists try to use this to polarise - you all suck. It is wonderful that artists are taking a stand - in this instance I believe it matters not that the art rides on the coat tails of "the spear" - the art is an affirmation that no matter how many spears you break there will be others to take its place. The message should be loud and clear to any future presidents of our beautiful country that disgraceful, unpresidently conduct will be exposed.

      khotso.morekure - 2012-08-29 08:26

      Agreed MsShaw.....what saddens me the most, being a humanist who dearly loves RSA, is the lack of racial tolerance in RSA years after our so called ‘rainbow nation’. If its not my black brothers throwing stones @ whites, its my white brothers throwing stones @ blacks…… When are ALL you clowns (Black, White, Indian, Chinese, Coloureds, etc) gonna wake up and realize that the longer we keep-up this racial divide (perpetuated by Politian’s), whilst they all financially benefit and deal across racial lines, the longer WE will remain divided……and ultimately POORER than ever before, social, economically and possibly emotionally?! Lets aim to be Human 1st rather than any specific Race, Politically affiliation, Religious group or Elitist class!

  • khotso.morekure - 2012-08-29 08:28

    Agreed MsShaw.....what saddens me the most, being a humanist who dearly loves RSA, is the lack of racial tolerance in RSA years after our so called ‘rainbow nation’. If its not my black brothers throwing stones @ whites, its my white brothers throwing stones @ blacks…… When are ALL you clowns (Black, White, Indian, Chinese, Coloureds, etc) gonna wake up and realize that the longer we keep-up this racial divide (perpetuated by Politian’s), whilst they all financially benefit and deal across racial lines, the longer WE will remain divided……and ultimately POORER than ever before, social, economically and possibly emotionally?! Lets aim to be Human 1st rather than any specific Race, Politically affiliation, Religious group or Elitist class!

  • lisa.staden - 2012-08-29 08:36

    Get on the train guys!! Whats next Winnies Boobies!

  • winifred.watson.9 - 2012-08-29 08:53

    Is this painting good enough to wake up those sleepint ANCWL woman who became so hysterical at Brett Murrays version then fell asleep when the education crisis erupted. Who needs an education when you have the spear on hand. Besides, seen one seen them all.

  • ganon.nhubunga - 2012-08-29 09:37

    Copy cat, I suspected that he would be having dreadlocks as trade mark (at least it looks like he does wash them), nyaope is his food, he is living in his own world. I'm told he has also drawn his parents's genitals (sorry he looks like an orphan). I'm so sick of people claiming to be showing us how inteligent they are by showing us biology which is just insults. Unlike Bret Murray, we know that immedietely a young (black or what...) guy draw such a picture, he is smoking something, you can see mandrax, marijuana, intsango, mbangi, nyaope all over his face. He is born free with rubbish clotting his thinking ability. Maybe he is an orphan because if he is not, President or no President, blacks do not depict elderly people with their private parts exposed, hence even in English they call them private parts because human beings are supposed to have theirs covered, they are not animals. My fellow friend in nyaope world is just high. God have mercy on you, unless if somebody is sponsoring your rubbish, then go to hell, my nyaope friend! Artist my foot!Drugs are destroying our society, the guy is just high, nyaope. All supporting this drug addict, go to hell & burn!Brother Bret Murray, was he also from Cape Town? Mother City, Mother City, stop manufacturing drugs, it is destroying our Mzansi. I'm told people at Western Cape still believe Mandela is still in prison, is it true? They can go to hell also those who believe that! Have a nice day, Brother Ayanda!!!

      tooka.loosh.5 - 2012-08-29 14:13

      Jesus dude! And you tell everyone else to stay off the drugs?

  • kaybee.kubu - 2012-08-29 09:47

    hahahahahahaha! thats all i can do.

  • erich.goosen - 2012-08-29 09:55

    I read in the Internet that Ayanda Mabulu said he was painting penises all his life. As an elderly artist it is abundantly clear that he has scaled down a lot lately.

  • mpumelelo.kunene - 2012-08-29 09:56

    Attention seeker. Yawn

  • sifiso.msimango - 2012-08-29 10:02

    this whole story is rubbish, i think these so called da artists smoke dagga, pls when u hungry expose your own father,grandfather genitals to vent your anger, its their fault and leave our president alone

  • ben.jansevanrensburg.94 - 2012-08-29 10:07

    Did Zuma pose for the painting ? If not, then it is not his tools, and he has no say in displaying it.

  • phumi.mkonde - 2012-08-29 11:17

    i just want to know this, why such paintings of zuma is it because his a polygamist .is that way people feel that they have the right to paint such pictures about him .Its just a question i need answers to .has the nation lost respect for our president ??????? please answer this i just dont understand any more

  • odwa.funeka - 2012-08-29 11:27

    Is drawing someone with his/her private parts exposed the best way to address the problems that we are facing in SA. Whether yellow, black or white, our artists lack ideas and creativity. We have had a problem of capitalism and corruption for many years before Zuma came to power. What does a penis and capitalism have in common? Is Zuma the only corrupt leader in this country. These artists are just confusing the nation and despising Zuma. They just don't care about his dignity and family. It's about time for art that is aimed at bringing change not to insult those we believe are wrong or causing whatever problem that we are seeing.

  • gandanga.tororo - 2012-08-29 11:36

    The art looks goooooood. Nothing to complain about from from here. Reminds me of the song "pants on the ground" keep going mr. Prez.

  • Tinkerbell169 - 2012-08-29 11:48

    Oh look another starving artist leaching off somebody else. Pathetic. . .

  • wackidmaledu - 2012-08-29 12:12

    how do you sit days drawing another men's genitals?...that's just total gayness, you need help.

  • jeremia.magongwa - 2012-08-29 12:22

    Plato once said "Art is powerful therefore art is dangerous " and Art is an imitation of an imitation.The picture has meaning.

  • jaybee.reeds - 2012-08-29 12:31

    he needs some attention and he won'r get it, such a waste, your future is doomed if you think thi depicts how the ANC is governing, i do not understand people who are comparing the ANC yesterday and now, yes the foundation still stand but the individuals who are gready not the Movement, you wanna tell me money is bad, nope the love of it is bad,Be an artist who will showcase the plight of the people. The ANC has done a lot, who are you trying to excite, you broke unproductive artist,democracy doesn't mean being respectful, you are again attacking a father, grandfather, uncle and the President of RSA, HOW DARE YOU.

  • craig.drysdale.96 - 2012-08-29 13:35

    The painting should be entitled "Dick King"

  • martin.mcghee.54 - 2012-08-29 14:42

    There's been such a stink in the UK over the Prince Harry pics. Now this, the second one of Jacob Zuma's genitals in painting form. Personally I think Zuma and his ilk are a menace, but I'm not sure if I'm overly excited about taking up an opportunity to look at his willie anyway.Some modern, "progressive" artists will do anything for a bit of free publicity but in this case there are another six penises on display. What's the hang up? Can't say I'm tuned in to Harry's either.

  • martin.mcghee.54 - 2012-08-29 14:51

    Just finished reading all the comments. How very sad that once again the race card is being played all over the show. It's either art or it's not. Grow up.

  • dnxumalo2 - 2012-08-29 14:58

    But the President does wear a tuxedos and you decide to chose his traditional attire and his private parts, then you end up "circumcising it" as you say to make it "look cool" for exhibition.Tell you what go and hire some traditional attire, dress to kill, draw yourself and "circumcise" it and paint some beautiful picture of yourself that you are going to put on display.stop insulting our elders boy!